A man has been charged with terrorizing and then opening fire on another motorist.
The suspect, Todd A. Schmeling, 47, was picked out of a photo lineup by the victim, Bernabe Torres, who told lawmen he had never met his assailant in his life.
Torres said he was driving on North Chancery Street late in the evening when he noticed a black Maxima speed up behind him.
“He turned onto Caldwell Street and the Maxima drove next to him and tried to run him off the road,” reported McMinnville policeman Justin Colwell, noting the victim said the Maxima then pulled in front of him and came to a stop. “The driver of the vehicle got out and produced a firearm and told Torres not to move.”
The victim ignored the order and sped away. However, he heard a gunshot as he made his getaway. “He later discovered a bullet hole in the left, rear side of his vehicle,” Colwell revealed.
Torres reported the incident to police and was shown a photo lineup. “He was able to identify Todd Schmeling without assistance,” the officer said.
A check of the suspect’s criminal record revealed he was convicted of burglary in New York in 1990, making him a convicted felon and therefore banned from having a gun. He is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a felon.
He will face hearing Feb. 6.